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When Mother Nature waves her wand we can but stand and watch

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Back in 2013 we talked about a Jeep trip that my beloved wife and I took to Bhambore, an archaeological site in Pakistan.

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Sometimes two dumb mistakes can cancel each other out – Part 2

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Two dumb wrongs can occasionally make a right. Last week I told you that I believed I was infected with amoebic dysentery, which was incurable in 1960, or so the embassy doctor told me during his preliminary check of my galloping diarrhea. That tentative diagnosis was given on a Wednesday.

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Every once in a while two dumb mistakes cancel each other out

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One thing I learned as soon as I began traveling overseas during my 21 years in the Air Force was to expect to be told about local health rules and customs as soon as I arrived in a new country.

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Giving up smoking is not that hard – Part 2

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Last week I confessed that whenever I make the comment that giving up smoking is easy I always add, “It’s got to be. I’ve done it four times.” :-)

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Incompetence? Or something even worse?

The Greasy Pole

Can’t help but wonder — Which side is Secretary of State Michele Reagan on?

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Giving up smoking is not that hard – Part 1

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I often tell people that giving up smoking is easy. “Of course, it’s easy!” I tell them. “I’ve done it four times.”

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More about thinking; or rather, ‘Oh, I DIDN’T think.’

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A month back we talked about people who use the phrase, “Oh, I thought that ... (fill in the blank).” We came to the conclusion that most of the time they really mean, “Oh, I DIDN’T think.” I mentioned that I cringe when I hear a sentence start that way, and we talked about a few of life’s happy events that created that cringe.

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Who do we expect to see when we watch a movie with a favorite star?

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The title of this column asks an intriguing question, doesn’t it? When you sit down to watch yet another movie starring one of your favorites who do you actually expect to see? The person he is playing or the star himself?

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Even old folks like me can eventually learn new things

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Apparently it takes some of us a long time to catch on about some things.

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‘Thinking something’ can be good or bad - Part 2

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I once sat on a grassy knoll during a field training exercise as an Air Force weapons instructor strove to make a point, one we had learned the hard way on too many Air Force bases at the beginning of the Korean War.

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Volunteers work for wildlife habitat

Outdoors Under the Rim

Water sources are critical to wildlife survival in the arid Southwest. Even beneath the Rim with live streams in many canyons, water can still be very scarce.

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‘Thinking something’ can be good or bad!

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There are three little words that scare the pants off me. When I hear them coming out of the same person too often, I keep my distance.

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Squash: Veggies of mass production

Is there anything more prolific than squash? Gardeners can count on these powerhouse veggies to produce a bountiful harvest. Their requirements are few and easy to accommodate.

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Amazing how little we know about things in the very recent past – Pt. 2

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This column had its birth when I ripped up a finger and used some of the handy things we all have around the house to fix the mess I had made — a little peroxide, a Band-Aid, some antibiotic cream, and — especially — a pair of handy-dandy nail clippers.

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Payson wildlife manager honored

Outdoors Under the Rim

It is always gratifying to hear of success stories from the graduates of Payson High School when they enter the careers of their choice. Obviously, there have been many.

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